Music Therapy | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Music Therapy programme

The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Music Therapy programme uses research and evidence-based practice to assist patients’ relaxation, reduce stress, relieve pain and discomfort, and improve mood. It can also provide patients with an outlet for expression and to explore difficult feelings through a supportive and creative framework.

The programme consists of sessions for inpatients, outpatients, family members and carers and includes listening and participation in music and original song writing. This service is available to all patients of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and does not require any prior skills or musical experience.

Patients can take part in:

  • Bedside music therapy and song writing;
  • Musical skill building on a range of instruments
  • Recording projects, and performances
  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Choir


How to refer a patient:

If you feel there are patients who would benefit from music therapy, please contact the Music Therapy team at:


Our Music Therapy programme was founded by Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Music Therapy Fellow Dr Emma O’Brien OAM, and is proudly supported by The Goodridge Family Foundation.

The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Choir

There are many benefits from singing: physical, emotional and social.

Singing can:

  • lower stress and recharge your immune system
  • benefit your heart and circulation by improving your aerobic capacity
  • help to reduce anxiety
  • enhance mood
  • increase feelings of wellbeing
  • provide opportunities to meet and join in a fun activity with others

Singing is an ageless enjoyment – you are never too young or old. No auditions or prior training are needed to join the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Choir – all are welcome!

So come along and join in the fun. The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Choir is run by Health Musician and conductor extraordinaire Robert Teicher and our Music Therapy team.

Repertoire will include popular songs from all ages.

Drop in anytime. Free for all. All patients, carers and staff are welcome.

Every Thursday 12.15pm till 1.15pm
Main Foyer, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

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